Kamp Girl Power focuses on making good choices

KINGMAN - Kamp Girl Power takes female empowerment to the next level by showing young girls how to take control of their own lives.

Kamp Girl Power started about nine years ago as a branch of the Women's Expo held every year by Soroptimist International of Kingman. It focuses on girls between fourth and eighth grade as they transition into young womanhood.

"Soroptimist International of Kingman seeks to encourage girls, grades fourth through eighth, to make the most of their lives. Its message is to support and nurture girls in order for them to be independent, confident, fulfilled and true to themselves. During these years, girls are more vulnerable to negative influences and mixed messages about risky behaviors," said Deborah Stojevich, a member of Soroptimist.

Kamp Girl Power, which will be held this weekend, will have workshops for the girls, including a presentation from the Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco, journaling, nutrition, crafting, self-defense, belly dancing and a Ropes Teamwork Challenge from Mohave Community College.

Robin Jenkins said they are very excited that True Colors will put on one of the workshops. The group from Las Vegas will promote self-esteem, respect differences and enhance communication skills. Usually working for large corporations, True Colors gives personality tests to ensure that companies are working up to their potential. They have reformatted their normal presentation to gear it toward young girls and show them that it is okay to be who they are and validate individuality, Jenkins said.

The camp will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at White Cliffs Middle School. Registration is $5 before Saturday, $7 at the door. For more information, call 897-8467.